house of correction


noun

a place for the confinement and reform of persons convicted of minor offenses and not regarded as confirmed criminals.

Nearby words

  1. house of assignation,
  2. house of bernarda alba, the,
  3. house of burgesses,
  4. house of cards,
  5. house of commons,
  6. house of councilors,
  7. house of delegates,
  8. house of detention,
  9. house of god,
  10. house of ill repute

Origin of house of correction

First recorded in 1625–35

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for house of correction

house of correction

noun

(formerly) a place of confinement for persons convicted of minor offences
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012